New Article: Five Important Steps in Prepping a Screen

August 3, 2011 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Kieth Stevens, our Western regional sales manager,  just had a short article published in Impressions’ online newsletter and website.  Kieth loves to teach and share his knowledge and has been one of our main seminar teachers.  Below is an excerpt of the article and the link to read the full version. 

Be sure to catch Kieth’s workshop: Adding “Wow:” Special Effects Screen Printing at the upcoming ISS Fort Worth show, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2011.

 Five Important Steps in Prepping a Screen

Though it may not be rocket science, prepping a screen for screen printing involves a few different variables. You must make special considerations for factors like mesh count, diameter and more if you want your printing efforts to yield acceptable results. Following are five considerations that are very important to effectively prep a screen that will enable maximum results when you’re printing.

1. Select the proper mesh count: The proper mesh count will help to determine the amount of ink that is deposited on the substrate onto which you are printing. Choose low mesh counts for special-effects inks such as glitter (25-40 mesh), reflective or puff-type inks (110-125 mesh).  Choose high mesh counts (200-305) for more detailed or soft-hand prints.

2. Select the desired mesh thread diameter: A thinner thread diameter for any given mesh count will reduce the overall fabric thickness of the mesh and allow more ink to be deposited onto the substrate due to lower flow resistance and larger open area…Read More.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers.  For more information on our products, please visit our website at

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